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2022 Aug 11, 8:51pm   410 views  24 comments

by tomtomtom   ➕follow (0)   💰tip ($0.10 in tips)  

Historically the prices of gasoline and diesel fuel were not much different. Now I see that diesel is $1 more expensive than gasoline. Why is that? Are there gas-only subsidies?

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1   RedStar   2022 Aug 11, 9:23pm  

Diesel has more taxes, especially in CA.

Also, gas prices lower as the summer driving season dies down. But the trucking industry never stops so the demand is always there, keeping prices up.
2   WookieMan   2022 Aug 12, 4:17am  

RedStar says

Diesel has more taxes, especially in CA.

This. It's also dirty as fuck, but your engine will last substantially longer. But that's why they tax it higher in most states. I'm no where near an environmentalist, but diesel really is dirty. Sucks in cold weather as well.

Think about a semi, train, construction equipment, etc. Now think about that Ford Focus. Which one do you smell? It's the most efficient way to move heavy loads with an engine running 8-16 hours a day though. Also, at least in IL, diesel isn't taxed for off road (construction) purposes. So what you see at gas stations is for the truckers or the hill billies with their diesel dually.
3   Tenpoundbass   2022 Aug 12, 6:56am  

Intentional Supply pressure, no other reason. Manipulated Diesel prices is the quickest way to artificially inflate food to the point, that 80% of Americans will be dependent on Food Stamps. The world is trying to do the same, the end game perhaps will be The One World Government will decide who gets to eat from Bill Gates Gardens.
4   komputodo   2022 Aug 12, 7:38am  

WookieMan says

I'm no where near an environmentalist, but diesel really is dirty. Sucks in cold weather as well.

Us common folk shouldn't burn our 2 gals of diesel per day. Only people like dicaprio should be able to burn 300+ gallons of diesel per day on his yacht. People just don't seem to understand that our "BETTERS" deserve more rights and privileges than us commoners.
5   Onvacation   2022 Aug 12, 7:46am  

Tenpoundbass says

The One World Government will decide who gets to eat from Bill Gates Gardens.

You meant, "... decides who gets to eat the BUGS from Bill's gardens."
6   Onvacation   2022 Aug 12, 7:56am  

komputodo says


dicaprio should be able to burn 300+ gallons of diesel per day on his yacht.

The superyacht’s seven mile sailing is a source of as much carbon as an average car’s in a year. It also demands fuel worth $339,712 to fill its tank.


$50,000,000 per year to operate.
7   komputodo   2022 Aug 12, 8:57am  

That's pretty sad when you need one of those just to get laid.
8   NuttBoxer   2022 Aug 12, 9:11am  

tomtomtom says

Historically the prices of gasoline and diesel fuel were not much different.


I remember Diesel being a dollar a gallon cheaper than gas in the early 2000's, so the situation now is actually reversed. For a reason see TPB's explanation.

Yes, diesel engines are dirty, but they're more efficient, and not any more polluting.
9   SunnyvaleCA   2022 Aug 12, 10:33am  

Sulphur standards and taxes have rasied on-road diesel prices to about that of gasoline. Particulate emissions and other requirement for diesel cars and light trucks increased costs and complexity of engines and decreased efficiency and power of engines. Notice how when the Germans got caught cheating the emissions requirements, they subsequently withdrew all diesel light vehicles from the US.
10   RWSGFY   2022 Aug 12, 2:47pm  

RedStar says


Diesel has more taxes, especially in CA.

Also, gas prices lower as the summer driving season dies down. But the trucking industry never stops so the demand is always there, keeping prices up.


No, diesel has something like 3-4 cents less taxes on it. So it's purely demand inelasticity.
11   RWSGFY   2022 Aug 12, 2:48pm  

The spread on gas prices is pretty wild too:

12   Misc   2022 Aug 12, 3:07pm  

The US has refineries capable of producing diesel. The Europeans were getting about 1 million barrels per day from Russia (that amount sorta declined even with the shenanigans being pulled with Russian exports). Latin AMerica also doesn't have the refinery capabilities to fully supply their needs.

The US upped the exports to these 2 areas because the foreigners were willing to pay a higher price, thus, the US has less supply. Therefore, our price goes up.

https://www.ttnews.com/articles/us-exports-more-diesel-global-shortage-fuels-competition
13   Eric Holder   2022 Aug 12, 3:10pm  

Misc says


The US has refineries capable of producing diesel. The Europeans were getting about 1 million barrels per day from Russia (that amount sorta declined even with the shenanigans being pulled with Russian exports). Latin AMerica also doesn't have the refinery capabilities to fully supply their needs.

The US upped the exports to these 2 areas because the foreigners were willing to pay a higher price, thus, the US has less supply. Therefore, our price goes up.

https://www.ttnews.com/articles/us-exports-more-diesel-global-shortage-fuels-competition


More reasons to stomp Terroruscia into the dirt ASAP.
14   Misc   2022 Aug 12, 3:36pm  

Western democracies are still using market based economies. That may end coming up later this year. Then who gets what and why will be determined by government decree.
15   tomtomtom   2022 Aug 12, 9:02pm  

I should clarify that the prices of gasoline and diesel started to diverge just a couple of weeks ago. Gasoline became cheaper and diesel price has not declined as much.
Perhaps this is because of supply and demand.

I am not sure if gasoline or diesel are taxed heavily in Illinois to explain the price difference.

My evidence is anecdotal since I looked only at the local gas stations. Perhaps the price difference is lower at the other gas stations.
16   Patrick   2022 Aug 12, 11:11pm  

NuttBoxer says

Yes, diesel engines are dirty, but they're more efficient, and not any more polluting.


My dad worked in the emissions testing part of Chrysler for a while, and told me that diesel particles are just the right size to get stuck in human alveoli at the bottom of the lungs and cause cancer. He was no environmentalist, so I'm pretty sure it's true.
17   WookieMan   2022 Aug 13, 7:09am  

tomtomtom says

I am not sure if gasoline or diesel are taxed heavily in Illinois to explain the price difference.

IL is going down a rabbit hole of shit to be honest. They suspended the MFT tax on fuel (which I think includes diesel). They suspended sales tax on groceries. That's how bad inflation has got. The IL Dems are hoping to not lose the midterms. I met my Fed House Rep (D) and she was fucking defeated. We all talked as a board with her for an hour. So one in 435 people in the US with that job. They are fucking scared and pulling out all the tricks that will have to be paid back in the future to win elections.

I don't get the difference in prices, but it has to do, in my opinion with Dem policies for "green" energy. I don't know if the Whiting, IN BP refinery does diesel either. So shipping, piping into IL might be a difference? That you use diesel to ship diesel with... lol. I really don't know energy markets outside of random listening to of news. I don't seek info out as I don't pay for fuel out of household finances. I feel for the people that are getting hit hard at the pump though.

Patrick says

NuttBoxer says

Yes, diesel engines are dirty, but they're more efficient, and not any more polluting.

My dad worked in the emissions testing part of Chrysler for a while, and told me that diesel particles are just the right size to get stuck in human alveoli at the bottom of the lungs and cause cancer. He was no environmentalist, so I'm pretty sure it's true.

Diesel is nasty. And Patrick is correct. When 50 cars drive by my house, don't smell a thing, and 300 yards away is a train track and I can smell diesel fumes from a train, yeah....

More efficient and longer running engines over time is 100% true. Navistar was (maybe still is) headquartered near me in Naperville. They got destroyed trying to make a cleaner engine for semi trucks. They spent a ton of money trying to engineer it and got killed. Proof that diesel is legit dirty. You wouldn't take on that project as one of the top engine makers in the world if diesel wasn't dirty.
18   tomtomtom   2022 Aug 13, 7:46am  

EU taxes fuel (both diesel and gasoline) through the roof. However, high taxes have not stimulated any breakthrough in "green transportation". They are just driving smaller cars with smaller engines but the ICE technology is the same as everywhere else.

IL will have to increase some other taxes alot after the elections. The state is almost bankrupt.

It is surprising to me all the environmentalists are not discussing natural gas as fuel for cars. Natural has has burns cleaner than gasoline. It is cheaper than gasoline (does not require refineries etc). The tanks can be designed to last way more than 10y. Natural gas is used heavily in commercial fleet and in other countries. Honda sold Civics that could run on natural gas. It looked attractive to me but there is only one natural gas station nearby and it is inconvenient to operate the car in IL.
19   HeadSet   2022 Aug 13, 8:44am  

tomtomtom says

It is surprising to me all the environmentalists are not discussing natural gas as fuel for cars.

Hard core environmentalists do not want a substitute for the ICE that will keep everyone driving. The environmentalists want the masses to stop driving personal transportation completely. Their fear would be if in 10 years or so we have paper batteries giving cars a 500 mile range and fusion power stations to supply the juice.
20   RWSGFY   2022 Aug 13, 9:02am  

tomtomtom says

EU taxes fuel (both diesel and gasoline) through the roof. However, high taxes have not stimulated any breakthrough in "green transportation". They are just driving smaller cars with smaller engines but the ICE technology is the same as everywhere else.

IL will have to increase some other taxes alot after the elections. The state is almost bankrupt.

It is surprising to me all the environmentalists are not discussing natural gas as fuel for cars. Natural has has burns cleaner than gasoline. It is cheaper than gasoline (does not require refineries etc). The tanks can be designed to last way more than 10y. Natural gas is used heavily in commercial fleet and in other countries. Honda sold Civics that could run on natural gas. It looked attractive to me but there is only one natural gas station nearby and it is inconvenient to operate the car in IL.


The range on NG is shit. That Civic could go something like 130 miles on one tank.
21   WookieMan   2022 Aug 13, 10:02am  

RWSGFY says

The range on NG is shit. That Civic could go something like 130 miles on one tank.

I've never looked into NG. Probably not good for loads/towing. It would likely be quicker (refueling) than EV charging though. My wife are rare in that we'll drive 300-400 miles once a day twice a month or more. So EV's or NG would be a bitch either way. We need ICE. I don't see that changing anytime soon. At least the next decade. I need to tow. And 3 kids also means bigger car.
22   Hugh_Mongous   2022 Aug 13, 12:39pm  

WookieMan says

RWSGFY says


The range on NG is shit. That Civic could go something like 130 miles on one tank.

I've never looked into NG. Probably not good for loads/towing. It would likely be quicker (refueling) than EV charging though. My wife are rare in that we'll drive 300-400 miles once a day twice a month or more. So EV's or NG would be a bitch either way. We need ICE. I don't see that changing anytime soon. At least the next decade. I need to tow. And 3 kids also means bigger car.


NG is ICE, it's just the size and weight of the tank to hold it which puts limit on it usefulness. Add the limited lifespan of the tank and non-trivial const of replacement and it becomes a fucking joke. Where it is useful is in stuff like city buses and garbage trucks.
23   richwicks   2022 Aug 13, 1:36pm  

RWSGFY says

The range on NG is shit. That Civic could go something like 130 miles on one tank.


You just get a larger tank. It's natural GAS after all, or LNG in Australia.

It's cheap, clean burning, and your car can still burn conventional gasoline. It's stupid we don't have LNG vehicles in the United States. Instead we have hydrogen cars. Hydrogen is SUPER expensive in comparison to gasoline, and the hydrogen is made by steam reformation of natural gas anyhow.
24   tomtomtom   2022 Aug 14, 8:37am  

NG offers 10% reduction in CO2 emissions after accounting for all its downsides (the lower power output and combustion efficiency). See the last page of https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/64267.pdf

The reduction of CO2 could be higher if they would redesign the engines to burn NG with higher efficiency.

Cost-wise, only electricity is cheaper than CNG: https://afdc.energy.gov/fuels/prices.html

While electric vehicles are great. The deprecation costs, battery manufacturing and recycling, electricity distribution, and charging remain monumental issues to the technology. Vehicle deprecation contributes to about half of the overall cost per mile for non-commercial fleet.

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